Mallaig; the Road to the Isles and the Longest Crawl

I’ve had a trying week (photography-wise) trying to scan 6×6 negatives that I’d made with my Yashica Mat. I’ve had pretty good results before and I had expected a straightforward workflow using my Epson 2400. Anyway needless to say I won’t be posting any just yet.

As far as I could tell the negatives look good and should scan well but the careless folk at the processors have introduced a snowstorm of dust AND on the best exposure a b****y great big thumb print. I can hear Ian Willson chuckling from here. So, back to the drawing board.

This is why digital is so appealing.

So to lift my spirits (and I hope yours) here are some Fuji S2 images from the April 2005 Longest Crawl roadtrip. These images were shot as we bimbled about on the ferry about to depart for Knoydart and the Old Forge, reputed to be the most remote public house in Britain.

As black and white images I’d say they are pretty much everything I would like them to be. And if I tire of them I can fire up Adobe’s superb Lightroom 2.0 and ‘re-imagine’ them.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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5 Responses

  1. Ian Marchant says:

    Looking great; that was a fabulous day…

  2. Bob says:

    I like that crossing, though going to Skye we always preferred the Kyle of Lochalsh route (before the bridge), or best of all, the little crossing at Glenelg: http://www.skyeferry.co.uk/

    My good lady wife and I celebrated my 40th birthday just down the road from Mallaig at the Old Schoolhouse in Arisaig. I see it’s still there: http://www.churchschoolhouse.co.uk. Scotland is dotted with old schoolhouses turned into (generally poorly-performing) restaurants.

  3. Dru says:

    lovely pics. I had one of my fave fish and chips experiences in Mallaig, sitting on the harbour wall here in the sunshine. But we didn’t ship out, we just went southward again. Boo.

  4. Ian says:

    They look great. Its shocking how easy B&W is with digital and really who can tell. Dust and shit is the bain of my darkroom work. I scanned some 35mm the other day and the sheer pleasure of just cloning out the dust in 5 min made me feel guilty. Maybe I should get a red bulb and the sound of a burbling tap and I’d enjoy the computer experience more.

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